1. MENACHIM BEGIN (1913-1992)
Israeli patriot, Prime Minister of Israel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 1978. Typed letter on Hebrew Israeli stationery, to an American supporter. Among other things, Begin promises he will see to it that “no Munich like surrender takes place in the Middle-East.” Signed as Prime Minister, dated 1974. In English. $890.00
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2. DAVID BEN-GURION (1886-1973)
Israeli statesman, First Prime Minister of Israel, declared Israeli independence in 1948. Typed letter on official letterhead, dated September 6, 1953. In Hebrew, untranslated. Signed by Ben Gurion as Prime Minister. $890.00
5. CHARLES V (1769-1822)
King of Spain (as Charles I) and Holy Roman Emperor. He captured Rome in 1527 and made the Pope a prisoner. He defeated the Turks under Sulieman, and conquered the pirates of Tunis. As King of Spain, he sent Cortes and Pizarro to the New World to conquer the natives. Manuscript letter dated October 7, 1529, to his Viceroy in Naples, the Prince of Orange, concerning Diego Somiento. Document in fair condition, but signature large and fine. SOLD
6. DUKE CHARLES V of LORRAINE (1643-1690)
Soldier for the Holy Roman Empire, while for most of his life his titular domain was under the control of France, serving with distinction for many years. Manuscript document in French, dated 1678, set on the reverse with a lovely impression of Charles’ seal in black wax. Boldly signed by him Duc de Lorraine. $500.00
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Original manuscript sight-draft for an ensign. Handwritten sight-draft for £9.3.0 for the subsistence of Ensign John Mill of the 2nd Royal American Battalion, one of the few British regiments raised and based in North America. Dated Christmas Day, 1766, at New York and signed by Mill. Very scarce. $590.00
4. LORD CASTLEREAGH (1769-1822)
Marquis of Londonderry, British statesman, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs after 1812, one of the key players in the great coalition against Napoleon. He represented Britain at the Congresses of Vienna in 1814 and Paris 1815. After some periods of mental instability, he committed suicide in 1822. Address panel written and signed by Castlereagh, dated March 3, 1817. Originally from a very old collection, the item comes with c. 19th century handwritten quotes concerning Castlereagh from Napoleon, Byron, Lady Stanhope and Catherine Hatton. Unique and appealing. $350.00

7. VENANCIO FLORES (? -1868)
Uruguayan statesman and soldier. Made himself President of Uruguay after leading insurrections 1854-1855 and 1865-1868. Assassinated shortly after resigning during a revolution led by his sons. Note in Spanish written and signed by Flores, acknowledging a gift. Signed “Veno Flores.” Translation and a small albumen portrait photograph included. Autograph material from such early Latin American leaders is extremely rare. $130.00
8. INDIRA GANDHI (1917-1984)
First (and so far only) female Prime Minister of India, daughter of Indian Independence leader and first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Assassinated by two Sikh separatists among her own bodyguards. Signature on official card, dated 1971. With the original envelope bearing Indian stamps and postmarks, and the cover letter from Gandhi’s private secretary. $245.00
9. GEORGE (AUGUSTUS) II (1683-1760)
King of Great Britain, only son of George I. At odds with his father most of his adult life, including establishing a rival court of his own in 1718. Reconciled with George I through the mediation of Prime Minister Walpole in 1720. Ascended to the throne upon his father’s death in 1727. Portion of a larger document, in German, dated 1738, and signed “George R” as king. $485.00
10. GEORGE (AUGUSTUS FREDERICK) IV (1762-1830)
King of Great Britain, eldest son of George III. In 1811, when George III’s mental instability prevented him from fulfilling his duties, George IV (then Prince of Wales) was appointed Prince Regent, ruling in his father’s name. He ascended the throne as George IV upon the death of George III in 1820. Vellum commission document appointing Charles Finch as Paymaster to the 2nd Battalion of the 12th East Suffolk Regiment, dated February 13, 1812, during the Napoleonic Wars. Signed “George PR” as Prince Regent. Set with two wax and paper seals. $325.00

11. GEORGE VI (1895-1952)
King of England. Document signed as King, dated December 4, 1948, appointing Herbert Edward Parkes as a member of the Railway Rates Tribunal. Signed by George VI to the right of a large red Royal Seal. $575.00
12. EARL OF GODOLPHIN (?-1712)
Distinguished English statesman, Lord High Treasurer of Queen Anne, friend and political ally of the Duke of Marlborough. Well-respected for his modesty, honesty, and competence. Portion of a manuscript document dated 1709, signed “Godolphin” as Lord High Treasurer. $145.00
13. CHARLES de LAMETH (1757-1832)
French Count, Revolutionary and General, he served under Rochambeau during the American Revolution and was present at the Battle of Yorktown. He served as a General of Brigade under Napoleon. Two-page manuscript document, dated 1813 and signed “le General Charles de Lameth.” SOLD
14. FRANCOIS de BARBÉ MARBOIS (1745-1837)
French statesman and author, Consul-General to the US 1780. His fortunes varied during the French Revolution, at one point being elected to the Council of Elders only to be deported to Guiana by the Directory. Later appointed Minister of Finance by Napoleon, he negotiated the Louisiana Purchase which doubled the size of the United States overnight. Addressed to Robert Livingston, US Minister to France, asking him to forward a letter to future president James Monroe, who was in England at the time. Monroe and Livingston had represented the US in the negotiations over the Louisiana Purchase, while Marbois represented France. French Treasury Ministry document dated according to the French Revolutionary Calendar 30 Pluviose of the year 12 (February 20, 1804), just a few months after the Louisiana Purchase agreement was reached.A great document, mentioning both US negotiators, and signed by the French negotiator, for the most significant (and peaceful) land expansion in American history. $1800.00
15. FRANCOIS de BARBÉ MARBOIS (1745-1837)
French statesman and author, Consul-General to the US 1780. His fortunes varied during the French Revolution, at one point being elected to he Council of Elders only to be deported to Guiana by the Directory. Later appointed Minister of Finance by Napoleon, he negotiated the Louisiana Purchase. Partially printed document, in French, on Ministry of the Public Treasury paper. Dated according to the French Revolutionary calendar, 9 Germinal of the year 10 (March 30, 1802). Signed “Barbé Marbois” as Minister. $245.00
16. GEORGE SPENCER, 4th DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH (1739-1817)
British nobleman, Lord Chamberlain and member of the Privy Council for King George III. An amateur astronomer, he had a small observatory built at the family residence of Blenheim Palace. Partially printed vellum document making Thomas Hoard a Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, of which Marlborough was Lord-Lieutenant. Signed “Marlborough” and retaining most of the Duke’s red wax seal. Dated June 19, 1766. $185.00
17. WILLIAM LAMB, 2nd VISCOUNT MELBOURNE (1779-1849)
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1834-1841. He was Prime Minister when Queen Victoria ascended the throne, and quickly became her political mentor as she broke free of the controlling influence of her mother and advisors. Melbourne, Australia, was named for him when it was founded in 1837. Address panel entirely in Melbourne’s hand, Marked “Private” and addressed to “The Countess Stanhope,” probably Anne Stanhope, Countess of Chesterfield (1802-1885). Signed “Melbourne.” $145.00

18. HENRY VISCOUNT PALMERSTON (1784-1865)
Popular and effective British Prime Minister. Among the challenges of his tenure were the American Civil War and the important British decision not to recognize the Confederacy. Manuscript official document, dated December 23, 1812, authorizing full back pay for officers of the 97th Regiment of Foot, who had been entitled to it during a period of reduction (1797-1802). Signed “Palmerston” as Secretary at War. A great Napoleonic Wars document, with a strong signature. $150.00

19. LOUIS-PHILLIPE I, KING OF THE FRENCH (1773-1850)
Formerly duc d'Orléans, and son of “Philippe Égalité.” Despite his aristocratic background, he enthusiastically embraced the French Revolution. He got entangled in the treason of General Dumouriez, and fled into exile in 1793. Despite his forced absence, he never aided France’s enemies during the years of war that followed. He returned with the Bourbon Restoration, and in the ensuing upheaval, he was chosen (with the support of Lafayette) “King of the French” in 1830. At first very popular as the unassuming “Citizen King,” his increasing conservatism helped spark the 1848 revolution in France, which resulted in his abdication and the creation of a Second Republic. He died a few years later. Manuscript official letter, in French (not translated), dated November 11, 1820, at the Palais Royale. Boldly signed “Louis Philippe D’Orleans.” Excellent condition. A great artifact from a fascinating French monarch. $285.00

20. POPE GREGORY XVI (1765-1846)
Born Mauro Capellari, he was elected Pope in 1831. As a Cardinal, he had conducted Pope Pius VIII’s negotiations with the Kingdom of Prussia. Document written entirely in Gregory XVI’s hand from the Quirinal of 1839, while he was Pope. Attested to by a Vatican Jesuit and set with a red wax seal. Not signed. $850.00

21. LOUIS PHILLIPE D'ORLEANS, DUC DE'ORLEANS
French nobleman and soldier, he married Louise Henriette de Bourbon-Conti. As a soldier, he distinguished himself in the War of the Austrian Succession, particularly at the pivotal Battle of Fontenoy. Partial manuscript document, in French, with a very old collection tag attached. Boldly signed “L Phil de’Orleans.” $650.00

22. KING PHILIP IV OF SPAIN (1605-1655)
King of Spain and the Spanish Netherlands. Also King of Portugal (as Philip II) until 1640. Patron of the great Spanish painter Diego Velázquez. Manuscript letter in Spanish, with translation, dated April 20, 1665, only a few months before his death. The letter, written by "Don Phelippe by the grace of God King of Castilla, of Aragon, of Leon, of the two Sicilies, of Jerusalem, of Portugal, of Navarre and of the Indies" is addressed to D. Luis de Guzman Ponce, the Governor of Milan, and discusses the way in which a dispatch of justice is to be made on D. Juan Francisco Dandelot and his brothers. SOLD

23. QUEEN VICTORIA (1819-1901)
Monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death. Her reign of 63 years and 7 months is the longest of any British monarch and the longest of any female monarch in history. Museum quality framed letter is written and signed by Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace during the fourth year of her reign. The document measures 19" by 16" within a full 38" by 23" frame. An image of Queen Victoria is inner framed to the left of the document. The letter, dated April 2, 1841, announces C. D. Day, Esq. as Executive Council of the Province of Canada. The letter bears the official seal of the Queen and is addressed to the "Right Trusty and well-beloved Councillor Charles Baron Lydenham Our Captain General and Governor in Chief in and over Our Province of Canada." $2500

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